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unthankfulness, but the serious reflection of one who felt the vanity of the world, and saw nothing here to make him desirous of a longer abode in it. Shall not we also make the same estimate of human life?
Is it not a pilgrimage ?" And does not the whole of our situation here admonish us to seek “ a better country, that is, an heavenly?” Seventy or eighty years may seem a considerable space while it is future, but it passeth away “as a tale that is told.” It should also be remembered, that, short as our existence is, it is sadly embittered with calamities, and stained with sin. Take, then,“ the picture of earth's happiest man,” when he is quitting the present scene of things, and you will justly conclude, FEW AND
EVIL have his days been.THOMAS ROBINSON.
Well, if ye must be sad and few,
Run on, my days, in haste;
Ye cannot fly too fast.
And call her to the skies,
years of long salvation roll,
DEUT. VIII. 5-SAM. III. 18.
DEUT. viii. 5.- Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
God is a loving, tender Father to all his children; yet, when there is occasion, they shall feel the smart of his rod. Israel did so: they were chastened, that they might not be condemned; chastened with the rod of men; not as a man wounds and slays his enemies, whose destruction he aims at, but as a man chasteneth his son, whose happiness and welfare he designs.-M. HENRY.
Kind, loving is the hand that strikes,
However keen the smart,
One evil from the heart.-FRY.
1 Sam. iii. 18.-It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth him good.
When we receive evil at the hands of men, we may, ordinarily, at least, justly complain of it. It may be, they had no good intention in afflicting us; or they had no right to afflict and grieve us: they are both unkind and injurious in what they do. But this cannot
be said of the blessed God. He is the Lord, the great Sovereign of the world; and whenever he brings sufferings upon us, he hath a right to do what he doth, and we owe him a full submission. This we should consider on all such occasions, and endeavour to see his hand, and be still and quiet under it.-BENJAMIN BENNET.
It is the Lord—enthron’d in light,
Whose claims are all divine;
To govern me and mine.
Or contradict his will,
And must be righteous still ?
Can, from afflictions, raise
With ever-growing praise.-T. GREENE.
2 SAM. xxiv. 14.-And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
When did he look for mercy? Even when
the Lord was resolved to afflict him. David did not say, His mercies are great, when he gives me wealth, riches, and honour; when he gives deliverance, and works salvation for his people; but when he is smiting his people, and consuming them with the dreadful pestilence. The woundings of God have more kindness in them than the kisses of many
Man seldom shows pity to those who are smitten; but how rarely doth he show pity while he is smiting, or mingle mercy with his justice! God usually exerciseth sparing mercy towards his enemies; and he always doth it towards his whole people, against whom he never suffers his own displeasure to arise, though he be often provoked by them, and displeased with them.—CARYL.
Give to our God immortal praise,
2 Kings i. 2.-Go, inquire—whether I shall recover of this disease.
We should be more thoughtful what will become of us after death, than how or when we shall die; and more desirous to be told how we may carry ourselves well in our sickness, and get good to our souls by it, than whether we shall recover from it or not. M. HENRY.
If light attends the course I run,
'Tis God provides those rays;
If darkness cloud my days.
Yet I would not be much concern'd,
Nor vainly long to see
What months are writ for me.
When he reveals the book of life,
Oh may I read my name
The followers of the Lamb!--DR. WATTS.
2 CHRON. xvi. 12.-And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.
His making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from